History

Keating International SAS (KI) was founded in 2012 in Lyon FRANCE by Patrick J. Keating.

 

The business model and focus as a technology investment bank at KI came from Patrick's experience at Hambrecht & Quist Investment Banking (H&Q) in San Francisco from 1996-1998. With its focus on taking technology companies from "an idea to an IPO" using its research-driven approach H&Q became one of the leading technnology investment banks of its time serving clients such Apple, Genentech, Netscape, Amazon and Pixar.

 

The inspiration and name of our company came from Keating International Inc. – an International Harvester Corporation (IHC)/CaseIH farm equipment dealership - acquired from its previous owner in 1912 by Frank Keating (great grandfather of Patrick Keating) in Atkinson Nebraska.  Frank had settled in Atkinson after riding his horse over 100 miles across the frozen prairie from his family’s homestead in the Sandhills area of Nebraska to seek a new life for himself. 

 

A family of entrepreneurs followed him with Frank’s son Phil Keating taking over the business followed by Phil’s sons – John and Robert. After Robert passed away in 1979 John continued to lead Keating International until his retirement and the closure of the company in 1987.

 

Then, in 1990, another entrepreneur – Boyd Mitchell – acquired the site in Atkinson from John and re-established the CaseIH dealership that is today known as Mitchell Equipment.

 


 

John Keating, former CEO of Keating International Inc., in front of the newly constructed company headquarters in Atkinson Nebraska - 1984.